Whenever I go to a restaurant and water is served, the first thing I do is ask the waiter for lemon. I want lemon in my water. It’s become a habit of mine now for some time becoming one of the few constants in my life. Lemon spruces up a glass of still or sparkling with some taste and a slew of benefits. A few squeezes or thin wedge (roughly 1/8 of a lemon) is enough juice to yield significant returns. Most benefits borne by lemon relate to its detoxification effects through various biochemical reactions. Lemon, please.
Perks of Adding Lemons..
Digestion & Detoxification
Lemon juice aids in flushing the body. Period. With an atomic structure akin to the digestive juices found in our stomachs, lemon stimulates the liver into producing bile which is key in the digestive process and flushing out toxins through improving enzyme functioning. It’s also a diuretic, which means you’ll urinate more, which means the removal of more toxins.
Vitamins & electrolytes galore
An excellent source of vitamin C (187% of the DV) and chock full of iron, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, as well as, being an excellent source of fiber. One of the most highly antioxidant juices including ß-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein, and vitamin A. These compounds help neutralize free radicals, or unstable oxygen molecules, in your body that damage cells and tissues. All hands on deck in strengthening the immune system and fighting damage caused by free radicals.
This vitamin C powerhouse helps decrease wrinkles and clears skin of blemishes through the development of collagen which helps create new skin cells. There’s also evidence that it can be applied directly to scars and acne to help reduce their appearance.
Lemons contain Pectin, a fiber commonly found in fruits (and supplements), which helps you feel satiated helping stave off hunger pangs.
Boost Energy and Mood
The food and beverages we eat provide electrically charged molecules that initiate energy production in our body. Ions are the part of the molecules that carry an electrical charge; with positively charged ions are called “cations,” and negatively charged ions are called “anions.” Most of the food and drinks we put into our bodies comes in a cationic form, while our natural digestive processes (hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes, saliva) are anionic. Lemons are one of the only anionic foods. This means that it carries a very strong negative charge and is extremely electrically active increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain, boosting mood and energy levels.
Alarm Clock then Lemon.
Water first thing in the morning is probably the best glass you'll have all day. Our bodies detox and dehydrate overnight so flushing some water down your gullet is a great way to jumpstart your metabolism and even your pallet. Adding lemon to the water with lemon will give you a sustainable morning boost vs coffee which as an adrenal stimulant will produce "dirty" energy. The dirt comes in the form of blood sugar swings and oxidative stress, which manifest in things like the jitters. Also a diuretic, coffee that depletes the body of essential minerals and electrolytes, which is only going to compound the dehydration overnight. Opt for lemon water, baby, and help your body produce clean energy through hydration and oxygenating the body and mind.
What should lemons look like? How should I store them?
Perfectly ripe lemons should be bright yellow & thin-skinned. Keep away from lemons that look dull, wrinkled or excessively hard. And also if it’s still green it means it still is not fully ripened.
For extending lemons plump and juicy then according to American Test Kitchen, the best approach is to seal them in a zipper-lock bag and refrigerate.
Lemons on salad, lemons in water, lemons in our alcohol, lemons can be an addition to almost anything you put in your body. So from now on when someone offers you a lemon, take it.